The swim lasted about 15 minutes

Paddlington Bear

20 Aug A woman in Vancouver, Canada got quite a shock when she looked out her back door to find a large black bear in the family swimming pool.

John O'Hagan, 58, has been living in a nursing home in Bray over two years

'Old too Soon'

19 Aug The Disability Federation of Ireland has said there are more than 1,000 younger people with disabilities living in long term care such as nursing homes throughout the country.

Terror attack survivor Eskil Pedersen attends the opening of the first summer camp on the island since 2011

Activists return to Utoya four years after massacre

07 Aug More than 1,000 young activists have gathered on the Norwegian island of Utoya for the official opening of their political party's summer camp, the first meeting there since a right-wing gunman killed 69 people in a rampage four years ago.

Palestinian children play in the rubble of houses destroyed during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, in the southern Gaza Strip

Gaza: One Year On

10 Jul "The patients would keep pouring in, just minutes after each attack. The emergency room would be filled up with unsorted patients with all types of injures... There would be organised chaos." says Dr Mads Gilbert, who treated causalities in Gaza in 2014.

Alexis Tsipras - A Week in tweets

Alexis Tsipras - A Week in tweets

04 Jul Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is a prolific tweeter, never more so than during the last seven extraordinary days. Here's a taste of how he's been using Twitter over the past week...

'Holy Places' are scattered throughout Ireland

Pilgrimage and Holy Places

19 Jun Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit 'Holy Places' throughout Ireland every year - some for curiosity's sake and others for deep-rooted religious reasons.

Three men and three women died in the collapse and seven others were hospitalised

Engineers say wood rot caused balcony collapse

18 Jun Wood rot from exposure to excess moisture most likely weakened the horizontal beams supporting an apartment balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, California, and killied six people, several independent experts have concluded.

Christopher Lee is remembered as one of the most prolific actors ever

Christopher Lee - An Obituary

11 Jun Christopher Lee, who died on Sunday aged 93, made his name terrifying filmgoers in blood-sucking roles opposite Peter Cushing in the Hammer Horror movies.

Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner, the current and former presidents of CONCACAF, are among those under investigation

Leading FIFA executives among those under investigation

27 May High-ranking FIFA executives and leaders of football's international governing bodies are among those who have been charged in connection with "a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer".